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(See related graduate certificate program: Sustainable Community Development & Economic Development)

Certificate in Community Development

This professional certificate program is designed for practitioners in community development to upgrade their skills and enhance their professional expertise. The program focuses especially on the interactions of public policy, affordable housing advocacy, finance and government regulation. It is also designed to prepare students who may be interested in careers in housing, community development and public policy.
The updated Certificate will require students to complete 15 credits. 

The four required courses are:

CD 220 Elements and Issues in Community Development  
CD 351 Sustainable Economic and Community Development  
CD 352 Non-Profit Management  
CD 401 Research Methods in Community Based Practice  

For the 5th course, students have the opportunity to select from the following courses:

CD 101 Strategies in Community and Neighborhood Revitalization (Intended for those with little or no experience in the field.)
CD 252 Roles and Systems in Community-Based Organizations (Intended for those with little or no experience in the field.)
CD 350 Housing Development Skills
CD 430 Special Topics in Community Development

Or, students may select to complete a practicum or internship or a course in a related field such as Criminal Justice, Health and Social Services, Public Administration or Urban Studies.
*CD 252 may be substituted for CD 352 for students not pursuing careers as managers of community-based organizations.

Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Community & Economic Development

This Certificate prepares students for careers in various urban and rural community-based settings. Students will have the opportunity to develop key skills and knowledge that includes project design, planning, implementation, management and evaluation for work in nonprofit organizations, planning, community reinvestment, policy-making and government regulatory agencies, among others. The Certificate requires five (5) three-credit courses within the Community Development concentration. These include four required courses and one elective.
(* below indicates a required course)

Required Courses: (5 courses)

CD 521 Social Theories of Community Based Practice*  
CD 522 Fundamentals of Urban Ecology and Healthy Communities*  
CD 530 Special Topics in Sustainable Community and Economic Development  
CD 540 Practicum in Sustainable Community and Economic Development*  
CD 552 Organizational Leadership, Management and Change in Community Based Organizations  
CD 554 Introduction to Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation in Community Based Practice*  
CD 555 Fundamentals of Mixed Methods Research in Community Based Practice*